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Grateful Dead Live at Swing Auditorium on 1977-02-26

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Grateful Dead Live at Swing Auditorium on 1977-02-26

Set 1

Terrapin Station, Minglewood Blues, They Love Each Other, Estimated Prophet, Sugaree, Mama Tried, Deal, Playing In The Band > The Wheel > Playing In The Band

Set 2

Samson & Delilah, Tennessee Jed, The Music Never Stopped, Help On The Way-> Slipknot!-> Franklin's Tower, Promised Land, Eyes Of The World-> Dancin' In The Streets-> Around & Around, E: U.S. Blues

First Terrapin Station, Estimated Prophet

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Swing Auditorium
Location San Bernardino, CA

Source Matrix by Hunter Seamons using Final Cut Pro (FLAC > AIFF > Final Cut w/EQ > AIFF CD tracking via Audacity > FLAC16 via xACT)
Lineage Sony ECM-22P's > 153SD cassette (Maxell UDXLII Dolby) > Technics 1506 reel 3.75 ips Dolby > Tascam CDR > dbPoweramp > wav > FLAC. Recording by Rob Bertrando Transferred September 20, 2010
Taped by Rob Bertrando
Transferred by Hunter Seamons


*First time played


1) A faint, warbly sound begins during Eyes onward, apparently from the sound system since the AUD has a similar effect.

2) Several brief cuts were in both SBD and AUD, but did not overlap, making the show now complete.

Thank you to Jace, Tim Diebert and Trailmix for the SBD transfer,
to Joe B. Jones for help with pitch correction,
and to Rob Bertrando for recording the show and generously providing the AUD, as well as feedback.

Matrix by Hunter Seamons using Final Cut Pro (FLAC > AIFF > Final Cut w/EQ > AIFF CD tracking via Audacity > FLAC16 via xACT)
October 1, 2010


Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 26, 2017
Subject: -
Although I, unlike many heads, have never been that much a fan of the Dead's late-70s sound (sort of harsh & boxy to my ears), it's undeniable that they played some irresistible shows in 77. The jams here are electric.
Reviewer: fibber - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 13, 2016
Subject: audience talking
What's the point of minutes and minutes of audience sound between songs, other than to kill the home listener's momentum? Is this some sort of true believer nonsense, like we need to preserve ALL possible documentation of the event, even a 5 minute track of nothingness called "Technical Difficulty"? Ridiculous. Otherwise, sounds great, another nice matrix from Hunter Seamons!
Reviewer: eaglesfilledthesky - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 14, 2015
Subject: Let my inspiration flow...
This show busts open the 77 flood gates. I love that they kicked off the 77 tour with a Terrapin Station opener. This show, like all from the 77 tour, is killer. Great sound quality here. Incredible set list. Inspired playing by the band. Fire it up, hold on for the ride.
Reviewer: barreramusic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 22, 2014
Subject: New copy
Newly edited copy. I used the Betty Cantor SB for as much as I could, and I patched it where there are flaws in the board and between songs for the crowd's energy--patches done with this wonderful Hunter Seamons matrix.

If you want the crowd but less of it between songs and more board during the songs, you may like my copy. Also, if you prefer the jams and medleys not to be pieced up with track changes, you may prefer my copy. Finally, if you can only download ZIP files, you will like mine as long as it doesn't get pulled. Otherwise, I recommend this Hunter Seamons copy over all others.
Reviewer: ms42466 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 7, 2013
Subject: sweetest of the sweet cream of the cream 5star!
2 much 2 good enjoy all your favorites........
like a kid in the candy shop, sugar on snow !!!!
help>slip>frank>Music on and on...................
4 me this is the "breakpoint" 4 the DEAD , this being the 1ST terripin, estimated and 1 other,
sorta pre 2/26/77 and post 2/26/77
a good place to "cut the deck" if one could do so.
between 66-96
1 of the finest matrixes ever
enjoy my bookmarks
ms42466@gmail if u want to send me your top reviews i LOVE great prformances& recordings !\
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 4, 2013
Subject: --
One of the first old cassettes I owned wayyyy back in the old days - I simply wore out that 2nd set. This one is etched, tattooed, into the ol' noggin. I'm glad for Mr. Hunter's matrix here, for I think it best fills in the missing blips and bleeps and dropouts the board is notorious for having.

Set 1 - It's really impossible to separate the voodoo of the first performance of Terrapin from the actual playing of the tune, so let's just say it's great, shall we? :) The Playin' medley at the end is swirling, wowing psychedelic fun - a perfect closer to the set. The 2nd set is so famous that this Playin' is often overlooked.

In the middle we have: "Bob! Bob! Bob Weir! Mexicali Blues! BoB! BOB! Bob! Weir! Bob Weir! Mexicali Blues! Mexicali Blues! BOB! Bob Weir!" Seriously, someone needs to muzzle that stoned doofus. I love your matrices, HS, but that guy really curls my spine. If you want, skip the last minute or two of the tuning on a lot of the tracks in this first set - the digital equivalent of "moving away from that dude."

Set 2 is impossible for me after all these years to look at objectively, but I think it's safe to say it's a masterpiece, the first taste of the magic of '77 and that transition from the Stomp to Dancin' *still* gives me the chills - man oh man, this is good music! This Slipknot jam has got to be one of the most-listened to tracks in all my years with the Dead.
Reviewer: mklsgl - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 19, 2012
Subject: Superb Mix!
Excellent, Smithers...I mean Hunter Seamons. Serious, superb matrix mix.

Anyone interested in DLing this show (or any other), please feel free to contact me ( for details.

- Michael
Reviewer: psiliguse - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 2, 2012
Subject: whoops, he missed the last two lines of verse 4
Oh well, That is what makes the GD the GD gotta love em
Reviewer: babyblu - - March 1, 2011
Subject: DJ's of dead shows
I have to agree with Dylan. Hunter Seamons is to the matrix what Charlie Miller is to the Sounboard.

they are DJ's of dead shows and they certainly know how to do a kick-ass remix in their respective specialties.
Reviewer: fudoki - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 20, 2011
Subject: Hunter Seamons is a craftsman
Dylan, all I can say is I agree 100%. Without the audience sound it's just not the Grateful Dead. Bertrando and Seamons have earned a lot of good karma with all the happiness and bliss they are helping to transmit.

Not to be trite, but it really, truly is "just like being there" - soundwise.
Reviewer: utopian - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 1, 2010
Subject: This show just Blows me away
absolutely cant image why i don't listen to this show more often....

I really don't think is gets much better.

Reviewer: Dylan M - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 8, 2010
Subject: Best sounding recording of the lot
This guy Hunter Seamons is changing my whole outlook on Matrix and audience recordings. I used to be a Soundboard snob, but this guy just does them so damn well. Capturing the nuances of the pristine soundboard vocals, trebles, and bass. He also brings out the best of the audience recordings, bringing back life to would be stale sounding audienceless recordings.

So priceless to hear the audiences initial reaction to the first Terrapin. Cocky at first, thinking a familiar opener will stir their fancy, then sublime confusion, them practically silent until the transition into inspiration which gets a deserving roar of applause.

This show was always a five star show, but what we have here is a five star matrix that brings back all of what being at this show could possibly display on recording.

5 for performance
5 for historical significance
5 for transfer
5 for good ole' Grateful Dead
Reviewer: Jim F - - October 3, 2010
Subject: Ha!
I was definitely thrown off when I saw an average of a 3 star rating for this one. I thought "uh oh, Islam Sucks must not like this one" haha.

Thank you for putting this one together, Hunter. I've really fallen out of 77 in the last couple of years, but this and 3/19 are 2 that I can never tire of. Sure there are some May and October shows I dig, but 2/26 is the primary building block for any self-respecting collector of 1977 Grateful Dead to begin with.

I really like the overall sound, I was almost expecting it to be a little more aud-heavy than it is. I'd like to hear the aud by itself, I hope we find that one available soon. As it is, I think there is a really nice balance between the two here. I usually prefer a sbd heavy matrix, so this one is right up my alley.
Reviewer: micah6vs8 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 2, 2010
Subject: No way Hunter :-)
The only '77 show I actually listen to .
Reviewer: hseamons - favorite - October 2, 2010
Subject: Favor for Cliff
I'm giving this one star so Cliff doesn't have to. Cheers, Cliff!
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